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Older residents have a Wii-ally good time!

Release Date: 07-Oct-2010
Residents from several Kirklees retirement living schemes celebrated National Older People’s Day by taking part in bowling tournament – with a very modern twist.
Edale Terrier Bryan Moore about to make a strke

Edale Terrier Bryan Moore about to make a strke

The event, which was organized by KNH and the Council’s Altogether Better project, involved around 60 residents from retirement schemes in Newsome, Golcar, Linthwaite and Bradley competing in a Wii bowling competition.

Competition was tough as the residents had been practicing hard, but in the end, “Lethal Lyn Royd” triumphed over their rivals, the Edale Terriers. The team will go through to represent Huddersfield against a north Kirklees team in the new year.

Prizes were also awarded for the most strikes, best team name and most enthusiastic player. The winners were:

• Most strikes – Margaret Molt, Lyn Royd
• Most enthusiastic player – George Lee, Sycamore Grange
• Best Team Name – Odd Bods (a team made up of players from a number of different granges)

According to Carly Webster, KNH’s older people’s activities coordinator, the aim of the day was to encourage older people to get and stay active: “Encouraging people to prepare for and enjoy a positive later life benefits all of us. And besides, it’s just great fun - everyone had a wonderful time!”

Bryan Moore from Edale Avenue, agreed: “it was a fantastic atmosphere and so nice to meet residents from other schemes - we want more events like this!”

Carol Crossley, who manages KNH’s Older People’s Support Service, said: “Social activities for older residents are important as they help retain and improve both physical and mental health and well being.

“Having fun plays a big part in this, so we’re increasing the activities within all our schemes, bringing older people together and involving others in the wider community to bridge the generation gap and help our residents feel part of that community.”

Cllr Molly Walton, the Cabinet member responsible for Adults & Communities, said, “these kinds of events are one way that the council and partners like KNH can work together to improve older people’s health and wellbeing and help them live life to the full, which are key priorities for the council.”

If you’d like to find out more about KNH’s Older People’s Service, please ring 01484 416444.

Note:

Altogether Better is a scheme supported by Kirklees Council Community Partnership, which is aimed at helping people and communities across the Yorkshire and Humber region to eat better, be more physically active and improve their mental health and well being.
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